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If Your Kids Can Do It Themselves, Let Them: 4 Ways to Foster Independence

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I walked over to the coffee pot to put in the filter and spoon the tiny black granules into the basin. Above the soothing drip drip drip of coffee entering the pot, I suddenly hear …

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Do This One Thing to Help Raise a Child Who Is Both Kind and Successful

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March is National Reading Month and Thursday March 2nd is Read Across America Day; A great time to reexamine how you are reading with your children!   Do you want to raise a child who …

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Three Tips for Productive Parent-Teacher Conferences

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I rush to the car, grabbing items as I pass through the kitchen in a blur:  purse (check), paper and pen (check), toddler has presentable clothes on (check), hair brushed sometime today-mine and hers (check …

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8 Essential Study and Life Skills You Won’t Learn in School

8 Essential Study and Life Skills You Won't Learn in School

  I can’t even count the number of teachers that I have heard say something along the lines of, “if it’s not on the test, I don’t teach it.” I don’t really blame them. We …

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How to Use Your PSAT Score to Prepare for the SAT

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Most students take the PSAT, but I have found through talking to students and parents that many do not fully understand how to use the PSAT to prepare for the SAT. The PSAT score report …

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The Power of “I See You”

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“Who is she talking to?” my older daughter says looking at the baby inquisitively. Our big silver SUV is bumping along crowded gray streets with cars lined up like dominoes. Lights flash yellow to red, …

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Five Ways to Teach Your Kids Kindness Today

  A concern I have heard from many parents during this election season is, “What will we tell our children?” Many times the behavior I see promoted in popular culture, Hollywood, and on television is …

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Is it Unfair to ask Children to Do Chores?

  There is a video that is creating quite a buzz on Facebook recently. It is about the benefits to kids of doing household chores. The video contains pictures, information, and statistics about children in …

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The Student Who Taught Me I Have Room for Thankfulness

  As I drove from my house in the country, fields and green lawns gave way to rows of colorful single-family homes and then to enormous gray warehouses and boxy brown garages. The buildings, encircled …

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Trick or Treat Should Not be the Way You Get Your Kids to Do Their Homework

  We all know parents who try to coerce their kids into doing their school work with tricks and mind games. I am sure you also know at least a few parents who bribe their …

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